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The heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is best known for its association with the Silk Road and the ideas, religions, peoples and conquerors that this brought. For many, Uzbekistan is Central Asia – a land of ancient city-states where rolling steppes give way to endless desert and stories of Amir Timur fill the air. In Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, Uzbekistan is blessed with three of the region's greatest cities, each home to exceptional Islamic architecture with capital Tashkent the gateway to these treasures. Khiva’s walled city is an atmospheric UNESCO protected world heritage site, Bukhara remains Central Asia’s holiest city with over 350 mosques and Samarkand, a name synonymous with the Silk Road, shimmers with spectacular blue-domed mosques, historic madrassas and ancient mausoleums. Pettitts Travel specialises in providing quality, tailor-made holidays and tours to Uzbekistan.

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Places to visit in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a land of great antiquity. Birthplace of the feared conqueror Timur, Uzbekistan occupied a pivotal position on the trade routes between China and Europe and was to develop into a major Islamic centre for education and the arts. Despite its age, today capital Tashkent is a modern city with grand civic architecture and wide tree-lined boulevards. Spend time in Chorsu Bazaar and the excellent Museum of the Arts then take the high-speed Afrosiab train to Samarkand – the most famous of the Silk Road cities and location of the iconic Registan Square. From here travel south to Shakrisabz, Timur’s hometown then travel west towards Bukhara, one of Central Asia’s most important religious centres, and on to the UNESCO protected walled city of Khiva. Uzbekistan can also be combined with its neighbours Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan or, for a longer exploration of the Silk Road, China.

When to Visit Uzbekistan

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Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

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Like other countries in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is cold in winter – from 0°C down to -35°C in extreme conditions – and extremely hot in summer, with highs of 45°C recorded. The best times to visit are either side of the hottest months of July and August although those that do not mind the heat will like this time of year. In April, May and June you can expect clear skies and sunshine with pleasant temperatures. September, October and the start of November remain warm with pleasant evenings before the end of November brings the first icy blasts of winter. As a general rule, it tends to be warmest in the south and coldest in the north of the country.

Essential Information

Capital: Tashkent Main Language: Uzbek
Time Zone: GMT + 6 Currency: Uzbekistani Som (UZS)

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Accommodation in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has a well-developed tourist infrastructure but outside of Tashkent luxury hotel options are limited. In the capital there are a few international hotels all with good facilities including swimming pools and fitness centres. In Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva the accommodation is simpler, mostly of a 3-star standard, and hotels will be locally owned and with an Uzbek or Russian flavour. Nearly all hotels in Uzbekistan are modern in style and outside of Tashkent, despite being clean and comfortable, properties tend to have few extra guest facilities.

Uzbekistan Holiday Review

I just want to thank you for another beautiful tour. Uzbekistan exceeded all our expectations regarding cultural heritage, nature, orderliness, food… and Dilya Amanova was just a perfect guide and company. I would have only one suggestion – you should definitely put on your list of hotels in Tashkent Ichan Qal’a which was really the best and the most beautiful hotel on our tour. The rooms are more than excellent (special Royal Suite in which we were upgraded).

DD - Uzbekistan - April 2017

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